Executions protect state not society

This week’s Programme on Bread and Roses TV in Persian and English.

عدام براى حفاطت از دولت است نه جامعه

برنامه نان و گل سرخ مجله ای سیاسی – اجتماعی در کانال جديد٬ ۲۵ ژوئن ۲۰۱۴
با فريبرز پويا٬ بهرام سروش و مريم نمازى
مصاحبه با سخنگوى کميته بين المللى عليه اعدام و سنگسار مينا احدى
کارگردان: رضا مرادى
مشاور برنامه: پونه راوى

Execution Protects State not Society
Bread and Roses on New Channel TV, 25 June 2014
With Maryam Namazie, Fariborz Pooya and Bahram Soroush.
Interview with Mina Ahadi, Spokesperson of International Committee against Execution and Stoning.
Director: Reza Moradi. Programme Consultant: Poone Ravi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ghesas and Execution are the same

Mohammad Javad Larijani, the secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights recently said: “The problem lies in that the west does not understand that Ghesas code [retribution] is different from execution. A verdict of Ghesas belongs to the aggrieved who can either pardon the condemned or impose the sentence”.

Mohammad Javad Larijani said: “We are not embarrassed by any of our Islamic codes and stand behind them”.

Aside from the bitter irony of the secretary-general of the Iranian regime’s “Human Rights” Council defending rights violations, Larijani merely does what all regimes that kill do – provide legitimacy for it.

Governments that still execute today (including the USA and China), or have executed until relatively recently have always professed to have done so on behalf of and for the protection of society. What Islamic codes do is further “personalise” this by professing to “thoughtfully” murder human beings on behalf of the aggrieved.

Irrespective of the justifications, though, the death penalty and Ghesas are instruments of power aimed at controlling and suppressing society, re-establishing authority after every heinous act and constantly re-creating a climate of fear. By placing the responsibility of the execution on the aggrieved, the regime wants to normalise its brutality and evade accountability. But this is not possible. After all the aggrieved have not written the Islamic codes of [in]justice, nor have they tortured the accused, condemned them in unfair trials or set up the gallows in public squares and hired executioners to do the dirty deed… This is all the regime’s doing; it has nothing to do with murder and everything to do with putting people in their place.

As Mansoor Hekmat says: “[Capital punishment] has its own history. It is the state’s rights and powers over citizens today as a continuation of the state’s rights and powers in the past. When Agha Mohammad Khan Ghajar blinds and kills residents of an entire town, he is not objecting to a specific crime. When a horse thief in America is hanged or a soldier who has escaped military service is executed, they are not registering a grievance in a judicial sense, but rather they are putting people in their places and forcing them to submit to rules and regulations. They are terrorising people. They are governing. In today’s world, capital punishment is not just a so-called punishment for murder, it is also a punishment for unauthorised sex, hoarding, believing in common ownership, forming opposition parties, mocking of god and prophets, homosexuality, etc. From the beginning of state rule, the killing of inhabitants has always been and is a pillar of forcing people into submission. The history of capital punishment is not found in judicial debates about crime and punishment, but rather in the history of class rule and the state”.

Executions are a pillar of the Islamic regime of Iran. It and only it is wholly responsible for the innumerable dead. Despite Iran being the execution capital of the world, though, Larijani’s efforts at legitimisation allude to another crucial fact that must never be forgotten. You only need to legitimise barbarity when there is resistance. The rising and ever-increasing battle against executions in Iran in particular is testament to the refusal of a people to submit. It is these very people who will bring an end to executions and the regime and drag Iran back into the 21st century.

Until then, the struggle continues.

I am left cursing

Here’s a video of a young man being executed in Iran. He wants to say goodbye to his mother who can be heard screaming in the crowd. He struggles with the regime’s executioners, kicks one of them to cheers in the crowd but is then subdued and hung…

You can then hear the regime’s mercenaries cheering and sending salawat: “Allah, bless Mohammad and the people of Muhammad”. I am left cursing Allah and his Mohammad.

I wouldn’t want anyone to watch an execution scene but in some senses it is important for us all to bear witness. Both to human resistance even at the gallows and the brutality of a regime that has killed too many for too long.

Of course and as usual, there will be those who will list the young man’s crimes. Whatever they were, there is no crime greater than what this regime has done and is doing… Shame on all those who defend it. And long live those who resist. Our day will come.

(Via Mina Ahadi)

The Islamic regime of Iran plans to re-execute a man who survived the death penalty

iran_executionThe Islamic regime of Iran plans to re-execute a man who survived his execution under “moderate” Rouhani’s administration.

The International Committee Against Execution calls for worldwide public condemnation and pressure to stop the re-execution of 27 year old Alireza M, a father of two young girls. His daughters’ ask: “Is this world cruel to the extent that it justifies and accepts such an inhumane action? Is our world harsh enough to neglect the necessity of taking an action in order to stop the re-execution of a human being, of a father?”

On 15 October, major Iranian news agencies reported that Alireza M. who was sentenced to death by hanging for possession of a kilo of crystal meth in Bojnourd Prison, was found breathing on Thursday 10 October, coinciding with the International Day against the Death Penalty, and taken to hospital where he is recovering.

Alireza M was left at the gallows for 12 minutes after his execution. He was also examined by the medical team at the scene, who pronounced him dead. He was then sent to morgue. The next morning, a worker preparing the body for its return to his family noticed that Alireza was breathing under the plastic covering. He was immediately sent to Imam Ali hospital in Bojnourd and his health condition began to improve as soon as he received medical care; he has now recovered.

Mohammad Erfan, a judge with Iran’s administrative justice court said: “The sentence issued by the revolutionary court is the death penalty … in such circumstances it should be repeated once again.”

The International Committee Against Execution is appalled that Alireza M. faces a re-execution and calls on all to condemn this inhumane act.

International Committee Against Execution
15 October 2013
Mina Ahadi
0049 (0) 1775692413
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notonemoreexecution.org

We need you to protest

To all caring people around the world!

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On the left is is a picture of a nice young couple. This is Ali Mahin Torabi and his wife, in Turkey who are looking for a safe place to move to.

Ali had been sentenced to death. In 2001 when he was 15 years old he asked a fellow student at his school why he was late. As they started to fight, Ali’s fellow student got stabbed by a knife and Ali was convicted for it. He called me from prison and said with a childish voice: Dear Mina, tell the people of Germany that they have to prevent Ali from getting executed. People who are sentenced to death penalty have an expectation that everyone who knows about the case shall help them. Since this was broadcast in Iran and across the world a massive protest began and thanks to that Ali is still alive.

The below is a picture of Zaniar Moradi who is in one of Iran’s worst prisons, The Rajaie Shahr in Karaj.

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He and Loghman Moradi were arrested in charge of murder of a religious leader’s son (Marivan). He confessed during the torture. He got a serious back injury from the torture and now he can’t walk. The authorities denied him hospitalization. The prison guardians told him that he will be executed anyway so it was no use for him to go to the doctors. In an interview with Italian reporters which was broadcast live from prison he said: Don’t let me get killed without my wishes getting fulfilled, I want to live. Everyone who saw this in Italy where very touched and cried. A reporter in Italy wrote: The history in Italy got divided into two parts, one before they heard Zaniar’s voice and one after.
Zaniar is one of many political prisoners who are sentenced to death in The Rajaie Shahr. Meanwhile there are approximately 1400 prisoners in the same prison who are convicted to death, possession of drugs and murder. According to recent news from the sixth of July, that we received, the authorities have warned all 1400 prisoners that they will be executed within six months.

The below is a picture of Ibrahim Arnavar who was 20 years old and got executed last Saturday the seventh of July 2013.

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He was an athlete and at several times he said that he was innocent. Unfortunately we got aware of this case after the execution. He was one of the 102 persons who have been executed the last 20 days in Iran. Hereby I want everyone to realize that when you spread information, help and protest you can save several lives.

The International Committee Against Execution condemns the massive wave of executions after Rowhani’s presidential election and we are urging you to do whatever you can to prevent the killings.

There is not one single day that those on death row don’t call me from prison and ask for help so they don’t get killed. What can we do to help them? We are asking all human being’s to protest against death penalty and the authorities.

Mina Ahadi
The International Committee Against Execution
2013-07-14

Mina Ahadi
0049 (0) 1775692413
[email protected]
minaahadi-iran.blogspot.co.uk
stopstonningnow.com
notonemoreexecution.org

A few calls for help

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Protest executions in Iran

Kamil Alboshoka, a human geography student at Kingston University has asked that I publicise his campaign to defend 5 Ahwazi Arabs facing execution in Iran, including members of his family and friends.  Mohammad Ali Amouri, Sayed Jaber Alboshoka and his brother Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka, and teachers Hashem Sha’bani Amouri, and Hadi Rashidi (or Rashedi) are charged with “enmity against god” and “corruption on earth”.  Here are details of where you can write your protest letters.

 

Write for Ex-Muslim Anthology

The wonderful Allat is putting together an anthology of personal stories of Ex-Muslims. Profits from the anthology will go to the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain.

If you’re interested:

– Write your own story of how you came to leave Islam and what the consequences have been for you. It can be published under a pseudonym. All stories must be factual and based on one’s own life experiences.
– Your piece should be between 800-2000 words long (about 3-8 pages, double spaced).
– Stories of women, LGBTI people, former converts, and those still living Islamic-majority countries are encouraged, though all stories are welcome.
– She can help put together your story if you need help.
– Deadline for submitting your story is 31 May 2013.

If you know other ex-Muslims who would like to be part of this anthology, feel free to send them the text of this post and have them email her at [email protected] to propose their story.

Allat adds:

If you are planning to be part of this anthology, let me know as soon as you can. I will be keeping a tally of who’s going to be in it so I can plan the structure of the book. Please do NOT wait till May to let me know if you’ll be part of it.

This is a great opportunity if you have a story to tell the world about your apostasy and its effects on your life, and you don’t want to have to write your own book. It’s also a great way for all of us to give back to the CEMB as any and all proceeds will be going towards this organization.

One point to remember: this is to include Ex-Muslim ATHEISTS, AGNOSTICS, DEISTS, PANTHEISTS, HUMANISTS etc. I am not looking for Ex-Muslim Christians as there are already some books on the market about them. This book will be promoted within Atheist/Skeptic communities.


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People of Marivan, Iran, stage a general strike against death sentences

Saturday, 12 January 2013

The people of Marivan, in the Kurdistan province in western Iran, have today staged a general strike to protest the death sentences against Zanyar and Loghman Moradi. The strike comes following a call for strike by the International Committee against Execution (ICAE) and the families of the Moradis and a worldwide campaign to stop the imminent execution of the two activists.

Zanyar and Loghman are two young cousins whose death sentences for alleged membership in opposition political organisations has been confirmed by the Islamic Republic’s judicial authorities.

According to our reports from Marivan, the city has ground to a halt, with shops closed in many parts. The strike call was for 3pm to 5pm local time, and despite the threats and intimidation by the regime’s security forces, the strike has gone ahead. All the main downtown streets and districts such as Jomhuri, Shahrak e San’ati, Resalat Boulevard, Jahad Square and the commercial centres and bazaars have shut down. [Read more...]

List of protests against Execution of Zanyar and Loghman Moradi

Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, two young men, face imminent execution in Iran on trumped up charges of “enmity against god” and “corruption on earth”.

Zanyar asks: “Is the world so cruel as to stand by and watch [our] public execution and say and do nothing?”.
Please say and do something now…

Join below protests in your cities of residence, organise or carry out acts of solidarity., Tweet #FreeMoradis.  Stop the execution of political prisoners in #Iran, #Zanyar & #Loghman #Moradi. Sign petitions here or here. Join Facebook pages supporting them here or here and send protest letters here. Join “I would be execution in Iran if I did this” on Facebook.

Here is a list of protests being held on 11 and 12 January 2013:
Updated 11 January
ليست آکسیون های در خارج کشور در اعتراض به حکم اعدام زانيار و لقمان مرادي

فراخوان به گردهمايي جهاني در همبستگي با کمپين جهاني

دورتموند ( آلمان) Dortmund (Germany)

12 January 1-2pm شنبه ۱۲ ژانویه ۲۰۱۳، از ساعت ۱۳ تا ۱۴ بعد از ظهر

روبروی کلیسا راینولدی در مرکز شهر دورتموند Across Reinoldi Church

حامیان مادران پارک لاله – مادران صلح دورتموند

 

آنکارا ( ترکيه Ankara, Turkey
آنکارا، کیزیلای ykmمقابل ساعت 14
از طرف ایرانیان ساکن شهر آنکا

فرانکفورت (آلمان): Frankfurt (Germany)
جمعه ١١ ژانویه ساعت ٢ بعدازظهر 11 January from 2pm
مکان: مقابل کنسولگري جمهوري اسلامي Across from the Consulate of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Frankfurt Dornbusch Raimund St. 100

کلن (آلمان): Cologne (Germany)
شنبه ۱۲ ژانويه، ساعت ٢ بعدازظهر 12 January from 2pm
مکان: مقابل کلیساي مرکزي شهر (دم پلاته) Across from Domplatz
فراخوان دهندگان: جمعيت دفاع از زندانيان سياسي ايران- کلن با پشتيباني جوانان و دانشجويان موج سبز کلن
کميته بين المللي عليه اعدام [Read more...]

I dreamed that god would be forgiving

UPDATED INFORMATION ON 11 and 12 JANUARY PROTESTS AGAINST IMMINENT EXECUTION OF THE MORADIS

“I despair thinking of death; I do not want to be buried with my dreams.”

This is 21 year old Zanyar Moradi’s plea in a letter distributed by the International Committee against Execution.

He awaits imminent execution along with his cousin Loghman Moradi. Both have been sentenced to death by the Islamic regime of Iran for “enmity against god” and “corruption on earth”.

His plea reminds me of the song from Les Miserables:

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
And hope was high and life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that god would be forgiving
But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed a dream I dreamed…

Zanyar asks: “Is the world so cruel as to stand by and watch [our] public execution and say and do nothing?”.

Please say and do something now…

UPDATE:

Join an international day of action on 11 January to protest the impending execution. Protests in various cities can be found here. You could also carry out your own act of solidarity, write letters of protest, Tweet #FreeMoradis.  Stop the execution of political prisoners in #Iran, #Zanyar & #Loghman #Moradi.

Sign a petition here or here. Join Facebook pages supporting them here or here and send protest letters here.

A killing spree

In the past 48 hours, the Islamic regime of Iran executed 13 people (in a report received by Mina Ahadi and the International Committee against Execution).

3 were executed this Sunday on charges of ‘corruption’ and ‘enmity against god’ in Sistan Baluchestan, namely Yahya Charizehi, Abdoljalil Kahrazehi and Abdolbasset Rigi.

10 others, including Saeed Sadighi and a father and son, were executed Monday morning in Tehran’s Evin prison for ‘drug-related’ offences.

Hundreds protested to stop the executions in Tehran. Security forces attacked the protesters and even threatened to shoot at them. This  marks the first time that the families of ordinary (not political) prisoners were involved in public protests against executions.

A ‘killing spree‘, and just another day in the life of this regime…

Per Iranian poet Ahmad Shamlou:

The lock clanked open.

The smile on his lips trembled
like the dancing reflection of water on the wall
when the sun is shining.

The lock clanked open.

Outside

magical colors of dawn
were wondering around
like lost notes
trying to find refuge
in the holes of a bamboo flute.

The lock clanked open,
the smile on his lips trembled
like the dancing reflection of water on the wall
when the sun is shining.

The lock
clanked open.

 

Allah ordered the execution

Below is a Reuter’s report of a woman being executed near Kabul, Afghanistan by the Taliban this Sunday. It says she was accused of adultery and that Taliban members were ‘sexually involved’ with her, possibly via rape, and that she was tortured and killed to settle a dispute…

Watching the very disturbing video, I can’t help but think how alone she is in her last moments. She looks behind once and then faces away from the Islamist crowd.

I am taken aback by the fact that she makes no sound and no plea.

Men in the crowd say Allah ordered the execution with smiles on their faces after she is shot countless times in what seems to be an eternity.

At times like this I wonder how the world carries on.

Like W H Auden, I too wish clocks would be stopped and pianos silenced.

And of course so does many a nameless, faceless beloved left behind, maybe her loving parents, children, or the love of her life…

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message [She] Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

[She] was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

(Video Link via Mersedeh Ghaedi)

I want to live

So says the trembling voice of a 21-year-old youth in Karaj prison. Zaniar says that his death sentence and that of his cousin, Loqman, have been confirmed on appeal, but the prison authorities have not officially informed them. “Please do something”, he fearfully asks me. “I am very worried. They might call me at any moment and execute me”.

This dialogue is not lifted from a film; this is not a scene from a novel or a movie about the Middle Ages. This conversation took place just a couple of days ago. The two have been charged with ‘Enmity against God’ and ‘Corruption on Earth’. Details here.

Something must be done. The authorities intend to execute Zaniar, aged 21, and Loqman, aged 26, in public. Zaniar is asking the world to do something. He hopes that each of us, according to our individual situations and capabilities, will dedicate a portion of our time to this issue and take action. From today we are asking all of you, our friends, and all organisations for the defence of human rights and groups against the death penalty, to take action. Let us all join together and work to save Zaniar’s and Loqman’s lives by promoting news coverage of the situation, signing petitions and protest letters, and organising demonstrations and meetings. This is our duty. [Read more...]

What needs to be done at every execution

This is exactly what needs to be done with every execution:

‘Capital punishment is the state’s terminology for murder. Individuals murder each other, but states sentence individuals to ‘capital punishment.’ The demand to end capital punishment and prohibit murder stems from opposition to intentional, deliberate and planned murder of one by the other. That a state or ruling political force is responsible does not make the slightest difference to the fact that we are dealing with intentional murder. Capital punishment is the most deplorable and appalling form of intentional murder since a political authority, publicly, with prior notice, on behalf of society, with the utmost legitimacy and ruthlessness, decides to murder someone, and announces the date and time of the event.’ – Mansoor Hekmat

(Video via Hamid Khajehnouri on Facebook)